STORY PREVIEW

2018

The Be Human Project

SILVERMOUNT INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL

Kerala

MENTOR

AYSHA MOIDUTTY

STUDENTS

Atul Anvar,

Afham Subair,

Tridev Menon,

Mohammed Surur,

Rehan PC,

Hairas Hayal,

Adidev,

Aafreen Jaffer,

Faheem Mohammed,

Sheza Khadeeja,

Step 1 FEEL

1.The pathetic situation of a lady in the neighbourhood of our school suffering from a very serious disease who attempted suicide due to the torture of her drunkard husband(she needs medicines, nutritious food, etc) 2. Nearly 300 families under the Elamkulam Pain and Palliative Unit among which 40 families who have no means of a consistent livelihood and need huge amounts for treatment.These families have children who have no means of continuing their education. 3. The flood victims who lost everything in the torrential rains in August.

We chose to work to help all because all were equally needy, but in different ways. People challenged us saying that we won't be able to raise enough money to collect such a huge amount as was needed to meet all the needs. We wanted to take it as a challenge and see what we could do. We decided to take up the case of the lady in the neighbourhood and the neediest 10 families of Elamkulam. The pain and palliative unit is basically giving medical care and palliative support, but the needs of these families are beyond that, They need financial support (provisions, education, daily needs) . As we were moved when we saw children of our age without any of the basic means to continue the education and facilities that we are enjoying in abundance, we felt the need to act. We felt their financial requirements could be met with the amount we collected.

1) The patients, their families - primary concern - meeting the daily needs 2) The children - they had no means of continuing their education 3) Flood victims - help to get back to normal life in the form of cash and things like books, dresses, house hold things and a lot more. 4) The sick lady - Moral support to create a will to live and financial/material support to get back her health and a somewhat normal life.

Step 2 IMAGINE

1) Collecting money from the students and their parents 2) Collecting money from our neighbours, relatives and the public 3) Collecting and selling whatever we could (paper, plastic, etc) to raise money 4) Adopting 10 families under palliative care 5) Visiting the sick lady regularly in batches to supply provisions and provide moral support 6) Approaching NGOs or groups of providers to make them contribute to the cause 7) Creating an awareness among staff, students, parents and the public about the existence of such needy people amongst us (keeping their dignity and privacy safe) 8) Undergoing basic pain and palliative training to learn deal with such patients and to offer voluntary service

We implemented it all and are still finding new ways to collect more because we need a huge amount of money. After the first round of implementation, we managed to raise Rs. 1,41,000 (one lakh and forty one thousand). But we did not stop. We are still finding new ways - a group of kind heated business men are giving us a huge amount (for each project we present convincingly to them).

Step 3DO

We conducted an initial meeting and set a plan. Since schools were closed due to the flood, we used the class Whatsap groups (where parents, students and teachers come together) to spread our message and request. Two students were allotted to each class and they took up the task of appealing to the parents and the student community. Collections with lists of contributors started coming in(even entire piggy banks) and then we visited the people to identify what they needed. Using the list of families given by the Pain and Palliative Unit's we visited the families and selected the most deserving. Now, the last two months, groups of students have visited the bedridden patients and the sick lady, giving them provisions and moral support. We are helping to rebuild a family's house which was washed away in the floods.

All of us and even the small children of our school are more aware of the real needs out there. It was evident from the way students came with their entire piggy banks and asked us to take all that was there in it. It was evident in the way they went to the streets to pick up the plastic bottles. We have changed. Our parents feel that even we can do these things and whoever have come to know about this project, keeps saying that others should follow our model. We saw hope reviving in all those families , especially among the young children.

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God bless you, my kids May God give more to you so that more people will try and think like you. Now we know that God is there. Wont you come back? Students- We are internally changed - we have everything whereas these people don't have enough to eat - I didn't think cancer could make a person so thin, etc.......

Initial sarcasm from people who were not aware of the plight of these people. Doing the survey/ visit, Collecting money and finding valuable time to spend with the patients along with protecting our parents' concerns Convincing parents that we could do it and going around the neighbourhood collecting money and plastic, People were aware of how much disaster was being caused by the floods - so they didn't need much convincing. Implementing - calculating the need of the people - we met them and found out how much / what they needed and formed a system of supply.

MORE THAN 30 DAYS

Partnership for the goals

This project has become a success only because of the efficient partnership of various groups - students, the school, parents, public and the Pain and Palliative Care Unit. Although initially there were different opinions and doubts, everyone started working together and slowly reached the goal. This is a sustainable project,which can be easily copied by any group and implemented anywhere. So this partnership is successful.

Step 4 SHARE

We used social media to a great extent to share our needs and our success story with the parents and community. They congratulated us and now allow and encourage us to do more. The initial response of the parents or the people whom we approached were skeptical about the success of the project, but when we showed the will and might to take it to a successful level, now all are ready to extend their continuing support. They now believe that we too can make big things happen (large scale collection and activities)

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We have set a trend - for the coming ten months, we will continue supporting our adopted families using the money we collected. Along with that, we are finding more families, collecting their details and presenting convincing projects to the group of people who are ready to give us money to help the needy. Collections will continue. Next is a newspaper drive through which we aim to collect around Rs. 8000. All the money that we make during the school year will be added to this project. We have a Cookery Fest every year - this year, we plan to sell the things we make and make money for this project. Students (especially seniors) will keep on visiting the patients in turns because they need moral support too. Every day, students are coming up with new ideas to raise money. So this project will continue as long as the needy exists. The juniors who involved in the designing and implementation of the project are avowed to continue this project as a chain reaction handing over the spirit to the successive generations batches to come..